Below are the slides of the presentation given at the Village Consultation on September 9th.  Please read the whole presentation, complete the Consultation Reply form and return it to the Post Box at the Old Vicarage by September 30th. Thank you.


VISION 2020. Village Consultation 2


  1. To share what needs to be done
  2. To consider the cost
  3. To outline the plan
  4. To answer questions
  5. To discuss
  6. To make decisions

Our vision

To celebrate the 900th anniversary of St Edmund’s 

in a building that is warm and comfortable, 

ready and equipped for ongoing use 

as a place of Christian worship

fellowship and learning

art & music

local history & heritage



 In the chancel - a self contained chapel seating up to 24 people

A glazed screen with door between the chancel and the nave.

In the nave - a multi-use auditorium seating up to 70 people

At the west end - a well designed open space appropriate for many  uses, including a new baptismal area, the walls surrounded by storage cupboards and with simple refreshment facilities

An emergency exit from the church into the churchyard through the re-opened south doorway; the door will be glazed to bring additional light and warmth into the building

An accessible toilet and cloakroom in the tower

A glazed screen between the ringing chamber and the nave 



Facilities for exhibitions, audio/visual presentations and learning activities 

including a viewing screen for the bell ringers 

A new financial strategy benefitting from user charges, event income and increased donations 

A long term care and maintenance plan established against a projected income stream 

in order to provide for repairs, upgrading and the ongoing use of the new amenities




UPGRADE the Heating c.£60K

Three phase electricity

Renewables: Installation of PV in churchyard and landscaping

Dismantling of old system

Re-plaster & decorating

New electric heat emitters and control system.

DEVELOP Community Facilities c £75K

Dismantle vestry 

Move and replace pews and pew ends

Create storage cupboards

Refreshment area


Glass screen & doors between chancel and nave

Installation of toilet

Water & drainage 

Fire alarm system


Stacking tables and chairs

Audio/visual system 

Exhibition system

Storage shed (in churchyard)

CREATE an Emergency Exit £20K

Move font? 

Ground levelling


Replacement stone columns

Door(s) Glass/timber?

Flooring and finishing

INSTALL  Bell Tower screen c £20K

A glazed viewing screen



We could raise the money ourselves.

“How many coffee mornings would it take to make £200,000?”

We could apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a Heritage Grant. 

We do look after a valuable piece of the nation’s heritage. 

Heritage Grants are for projects that will cost over £100K.  The HLF also have smaller grants programmes.

We could apply for smaller amounts from a vast array of small funders and apply to one of the other HLF funds 

e.g. ‘Our Heritage’ for projects under £100K

Or we could do nothing at all.


The HLF is interested in three things:

  1. The future of our heritage
  2. How our community will benefit from its investment in our heritage
  3. What we as individuals will get from, and do with, their investment in our heritage.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is particularly interested in how we care for and interpret our heritage

The work that will go on to adapt our building and install much needed facilities is almost incidental to how we intend to discover, interpret and share our findings.  Any application for funding has to be accompanied by a programme of activities that help people to better understand the heritage. It is called ‘Interpretation’


If we add the cost of interpretation to our shopping list the cost of our project is likely to rise to about £250K or more. 

The HLF want a contribution of 5%. (£12,500) But this can found from benefit in kind or volunteer action. 

The good news is…….We have that!!!

To be successful we would need to put forward a fantastic interpretive programme and we would have to commit to supporting it


A church cannot be really understood if it is separated from its parish and people. Historically Stoulton has always been an agricultural parish.

Our aim should be to link together and tell the the story of our Christian, community and agricultural heritage.


We propose to run a series of interlocking projects that will lead up to a festival of history and heritage in 2020.

A History Project

A project to record and share the story of the church and parish.


1. Create and publish online a collated catalogue of archives pertaining to the parish of Stoulton for the benefit of schools and lifelong learners.

TASKS include:

  • Research

  • Creating a timeline of Stoulton history

  • Transcribing documents that fill out the story

  • Translating documents from Latin or French.

2. Use the archives and evidence still to be seen in the church and community to re-enact incidents from the ‘Story of Stoulton’ on video, for the benefit of visitors to the church and parish.

TASKS include:

  • Creating story and writing scripts

  • Researching country/church music and song through the centuries

  • Researching and making/hiring costumes and other effects

  • Production and directing

  • Filming and editing

  • Managing participants

  • Providing refreshment. 

A Heritage Project

 A project to develop a culture of care for the heritage of the church and parish 

1. Run a series of talks and workshops on heritage buildings, their care and maintenance, featuring the work going on in the church and the re-opening of the south door.

TASKS include:
• Attending the talks and taking part in the workshops on heritage buildings.


2. Digitally recording in sound and image the capital works going on in the church to illustrate some of the issues involved in the care and maintenance of historic buildings.

TASKS include:

  • Considering and communicating the issues involved in the choice and care of materials

  • Carrying out and recording interviews with experts

  • Videoing the work of specialist tradesmen as the carry out their tasks

  • Editing all into an interesting short but informative video.

3. Work with families to develop heritage detectives’ quests around the parish.

TASKS include:

  • Helping with a children’s ‘Heritage Detectives’ School’

  • Taking photographs

  • Preparing craft materials

  • Preparing an Information Library

  • Learning about and making wonder cards.

4. Creating trails for walkers to help them explore the parish.

TASKS include:

  • Identifying appropriate footpaths
  • Linking to visible heritage
  • Developing the stories
  • Communicating with owners and people who will be affected.

5. Upgrade the amenities of St Edmund’s to enable it to function as a base for these and other activities in the future.
TASKS include:

  • Working with architects and other specialists to develop plans and working drawings

  • Getting faculties and permissions

  • Getting the funding

  • Sorting health & safety issues

  • Appointing tradesmen

  • Caring for the people and the building.  

6. Initiating associated arts activities.

TASKS include:

  • Designing the etchings for new glass fittings
  • Running workshops - painting, photography, art and poetry.  



Reopen the South Doorway





  • Talks, 
  • Visits 
  • Demonstrations 
  • Workshops 

Interpretation activities for both the history and the heritage projects.

Do we do this ourselves, bring in the professionals or mixture of both?

There are many ways to interpret a place. 

Ideas of what will might do?

  • Make Videos
  • Create a Parish Chest
  • Make a Visitor Map with walks
  • Develop a mobile phone ap
  • Run a festival of local history and heritage

A Visitor Project


A promotional project to bring visitors into Stoulton to discover and enjoy its history and heritage and to contribute to the economic and social wellbeing of the community.
TASKS include:

  • Making a geographic map of the parish and its environs
  • Adding information to the map to promote local facilities and the trails around the parish
  • Event preparations
  • Promotional activities for the festival
  • Training guides and welcomers
  • Sorting out ticket sales etc. 

STOULTON 900                                   A festival of local history and heritage

Some examples of activities that might be part of the ‘Stoulton 900’ programme 

  1. The premier of the Stoulton story videos
  2. The official opening of the south door with video
  3. An exhibition of art and reading of poetry created as a response to the reopening
  4. A ceremony to make heritage knights of children who have solved mysteries of Stoulton’s past.
  5. Festival services and feasts to mark the traditional church and agricultural year. e.g. Plough Sunday
  6. 900 years of music and song. Afternoons of singing.
  7. Walks along the footpaths of Stoulton including the ‘Beating of the Bounds’ followed by a Parish Supper.
  8. An event featuring the bells.
  9. A special Community Event yet to be determined.
  10. A conference to evaluate and plan for the future.

‘Stoulton 900’ will leave behind a more sustainable building with greater resilience to change.


If we go down the Heritage Lottery Fund Heritage Grant route.

December 2017.  

Submit a Round 1 application to the HLF.

Winter 2017/18.

Create an alternative fundraising strategy.

March 2018,    

If successful with HLF application - enter the development stage including bringing together research, creating a parish timeline and identifying the stories we want to tell.

December 2018

Submit a round 2 application to the HLF

March 2019

If successful with HLF application - enter the delivery stage

April 2019 - December 2019

A busy time!

January - December 2020

A Festival of local history and heritage to celebrate the900th anniversary of St. Edmund's.


The timetable in diagram form.


When completing your response form please indicate which activities most interest you. We recognise that it will be difficult to commit to activities that will make place some many years in the future. Just think

All other things being equal I would like to do ........

What do you think?                        Shall we do it?                                Will you get involved?

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